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The Art of War by Sun Tzu

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Reviewer: peter gossner - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - March 8, 2014
Subject: The Art Of War
Seems most reviews here on this work are just about formatting or some such.

This book, this work, is an English translation of recovered snippets of ancient Chinese script found on bamboo strips a couple of thousand of years old. (from well before the 20th C version of China) A time of many competing states mostly kingdoms after a sort, not a large and unified jurisdictional entity, such as we see in the early 21C.

So don't expect simple clarity, on a first read :)

None the less it still contains eternal truths guidelines and wisdoms.

If I were setting up a backup up archive on say Mars this would be one of the texts I would would have engraved into the quantum level fabric of the data store :)

A great treasure for all of humanity.
War , like it or not is a part of our continuum and this book is eventually about how to NOT do it. If you must do it do it well and efficiently.

Know your enemy, know yourself and know your environment.

In peace time prepare for war.
During the war prepare for peace.

Communications are paramount etc etc.

If you do (all) this well you wont need the nasty war bit.

Just the present capacity to effectively engage in a conflict if you must.

Don't tax the people 3 times etc.
Still wise words even to this day.

This text is still studied widely by military theorists , and so it should be, it one of the seminal works. Lessons for life just as much for war.

One of humanities most important works.
If only for its window to a distant past.


Reviewer: shatriya - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - March 7, 2014
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Reviewer: buechnerama - - March 22, 2010
Subject: Problem with page 14
The timeline chart on page 14 goes off the edge of the page--at least in the DjVu version.
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